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‘A society which views smacking as acceptable is one in which children are far more at risk of being exposed to abuse’

When it comes to parenting, no other issue seems to invite as much debate. Even the Prime Minister has an opinion. And many appear to agree with him.

“What’s wrong with a good smack every now and again?’’ I often get asked. Usually, the answer is provided for me: “It didn’t hurt me as a kid.’’

Because Triple P doesn’t try to tell parents what not to do, I’ve often avoided a confrontational approach when it comes to stating the case against smacking.

Rather than say that what they were doing was wrong, I would suggest to parents that the problem with smacking is that it simply doesn’t work and that there are plenty of other strategies that do.

But now I’ve changed my mind, simply because the evidence shows that a society which views smacking as acceptable is one in which children are far more at risk of being exposed to abuse.

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